This post is the first in a series I will be doing for all of the Bronica SQ kit that I own, maybe I'll even do the lenses in focal length order. In which case starting with the 40mm is not a bad choice, as my 500mm has not really been put through its paces yet.
- Great when coupled with the 6x4.5 or 135W backs.
- Poor sharpness in the corners for 6x6 images which can be a distraction.
- Annoying 95mm filter thread, leather lens cap and built in lens hood.
- Unless you absolutely need the extra 10mm of medium format wideness, you'd probably be better off with the 50mm, at around half the cost.
Focal Length: 40mm
Aperture: f4-f22 in full stop increments
Filter thread: 95mm
Lens hood: built in
Focussing distance: around 3.75m
Other versions: The PS version doesn't have the lens hood built in. This is an advantage for adding filters as they are quite hard to get off on the S model.
Onto some images. The biggest thing I have noticed so far is that the corner sharpness is poor, which I find can be distracting in contrast to the relatively sharp centre in 6x6. However in 6x4.5 and 135W formats this lens does really come into its own as the unsharp corners are now conveniently cropped out. Therefore unless I really need the wide perspective for a 6x6 image I would normally tend to use the 50mm instead, which is also weighs around 10% less.